Songwriter(s) – Publisher Agreement (Copyright Assignment)Songwriter(s) Name: ____________________________________________ (Print Names) _____________________________________________ Music by: ______________________________________________________ Lyrics by: _______________________________________________________ Composition Name: _______________________________________________ Composition Genre: _______________________________________________ (for band, singer, group, film, music video, stage production, game show, commercial, etc) Publisher(s) Name: _______________________________________________ Publisher Company: ______________________________________________ Project Name: __________________________________________________ Project Genre: _________________________________________________ (film, music video, stage production, game show, etc) Herein this Agreement the band, Indie band, singer, vocal group, choral group or musical publisher, or any person who will publish the Composition commercially for profit herein is called the “Publisher”. Herein this Agreement is between the above named and below signed Publisher and/or Production Company (herein called the “Publisher”) and the above named and below signed Songwriter(s) (herein are called the “Songwriter”). HENCE, in consideration of the promises, and of the mutual undertakings herein contained, and for other good and valuable considerations, the above named and below signed Songwriter and the above named and below signed Publisher agree as follows: 1. The Songwriter agrees to maintain the confidential nature of any and all matters relating to the Project and not at any time to take any unauthorized photographs, nor video, by any and all electronic or mechanical means, nor audio recording, by any and all electronic or mechanical means, nor to pass on nor to release to any person any information, photographs, videos, nor audio recordings nor things coming into her/his/their possession which relate to the Project. 2. The Songwriter hereby sells, assigns, transfers and delivers to the Publisher, its, heirs, successors and assigns, the above named original musical Composition written and composed by the Songwriter. 4. The Songwriter hereby covenants, represents and warrants that: (i) the above named Composition hereby sold is an “Original Composition”; and, (ii) neither above named Composition nor any part thereof infringes upon the title of the literary or musical property nor the Copyright in any other Composition: and, (iii) that she/he/they is/are the sole Writer and Songwriter and the sole Owner thereof and of all the Rights therein; and, (iv) has not sold, assigned, licensed, set over, transferred, hypothecated nor mortgaged any Right, Title or Interest in or to . . . . continued 12. The Publisher agrees to publish the above mentioned musical Composition in saleable form within ________________________________________________ (weeks, months, year) after the receipt of lead sheet of the above named Composition. Should the Publisher fail to do so, the Songwriter shall have the Right, in writing, by registered mail, to demand the return of such unpublished Composition, whereupon. . . . continued
As an independent songwriter and/or composer you will want your music and lyrics published for profit. The Songwriter/Composer will negotiate and sign with a music Publisher. In today’s market the primary job of the music publisher is to link up new songs by songwriters with suitable recording artists to record them for profit and airplay. Promoting such songs, supervising the collection and payment of publishing royalties for sales to their writers, placing writers songs in other media such as movie soundtracks and commercials, and handling copyright registration and “ownership” matters for published songs, are among other jobs handled by a music publisher. Music print publishers also supervise the issue of songbooks and sheet music by their artists.
This is an extensive five page, fifteen legal clause music contract including but not limited to the following Clauses: confidentiality, assignment of copyright, composer/writer warranties of authorship, royalties, compensation, reversion for non-publication, and arbitration. Your Lawyer will draft any and all other clauses for your unique situations and circumstances.
This music contract Agreement between the independent Songwriter/Composer and the Publisher is drafted in plain English that is easy to read and comprehend. The music contract Agreement may be filled in on your computer or printed out and filled in later.
Our music contracts are based on the principles of contract law, are country neutral and may be used in Australia, Canada, England, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Sates or any country whose legal principles are based on the English or American Legal System.
Our music contracts for music writers and composers, music agents, music recorders, music producers, musicians and singers, music distributors and music marketers are used by: Alternative bands, Ambient musicians, Blues Bands and Blues singers, Classic Rock Tribute Bands, Choral Ensembles, Country and Western Bands, Country Rock Bands, Country singers, Dance Bands, Electric and Electronic Bands, Folk singers, Hip Hop singers, Jazz singers, Jazz Bands, Jazz ensembles, Polka Bands, Rap singers, Rap groups, Reggae Bands and Reggae singers, Religious Groups and Religious Bands, Religious Singers, R&B Groups, R&B Bands, R&B Singers, Rock Bands, and International Bands and International singers.
There are two forms of this Agreement. One form the Songwriter-for-Hire receives a one time compensation for services rendered. The second form the Songwriter-for-Hire receives royalties.